GOOD HEALTH AND HEALING IN ART
Certain Arts, visual fine art in particular and their effects
has been used through the history to enhance, restore, heal humans
health. When Christians and Buddhists meditated on images, it was
believed that the person was put in sacred state and heated.
Art can be used in many ways for that purpose.
Art work, through it's physiologic, psycho logic,
association and imaginations effects. When a person look at a painting,
in attention and a change of state of mind does occure. First
leaving one state of mind then focus and concentration on a new
beautiful pleasant state of mind. Each of this two steps has
it's healing effects. Taking the attention and the mind ( from
) off a state where the mind is occupied by stress or pain of
any kind has it's therapeutic effect. Focusing the attention
and the mind ( outward ) on a pleasant, beautiful image has a
second and it's own therapeutic effect.
The first phenomena is used to reduce all kind of pains and stresses
from any source, physical,social or psychological ( anxieties and
their conversions, tension headaches, insomnias, withdrawals from
addictive substance, anger, frustration, exhaustion, etc). The
phenomena of shifting the attention and the state of mind off all
pains is so powerful,it has been used through the history in many
ways, even as anesthesia for surgery before the discovery of anesthetics
or when it is not available. Today it is being used to reduce the
pain of deliveries ( called Lamaze ) to avoid the side effects
and the complications of using medications or anesthesia.
The second phenomena of focus and concentration, psychologically
called Hypnosis, is used for the same reasons plus others, like
relaxation techniques and imagery treatment to treat insomnias
and reduce stress. The joy, good feeling,serenity and relaxing
effect of looking at a beautiful piece of art through changing
the level of neurotransmittants, cause the dilatation of blood
vessels, improving tissue circulation and with that reduce hypertension,
improve body healing and vitalize body, mind and tissue functions.
Certain conditions, art all what does it take to remedy, other
conditions art work is used in combination to enhance the effects
of other remedies.
Hospitals recently and increasingly introducing and incorporating
visual fine art into reducing the pain and improving the healing
process of their patients. some hospitals have colored the walls
and ceilings of their facilities. Hospitals, societies and organizations
that support the art in the health care system, all believe that
using the art is fundamental to the healing process because healing
does not just take place on the physical level. it also take place
on a mental, emotional and spiritual level.
The search that is being done explains that the arts benefit
patients physiologically and thus improve health, mind, and mood
. The article " the art of healing " in the journal of
the American Medical Association(vol.281, no.19,pp.1779). in May
1999, gives example of what images and creative environments can
- Nature imagery reduces anxiety, reduces systolic blood pressure
and pulse, helps to redirect negative thoughts and sustain
interest and focus, while decreasing boredom.
- Reduce intake of pain medications and length of hospital
Texas A & M University study showed that scene of water and
trees reduced pain and anxiety.
What makes Visual fine art special compared to other wellness
and healing methods, is the low cost and convenience . It can be
mounted on walls ,ceilings and center floor of a room, home, bed
room, living room, hospital or place of work within easy access,
expanding it's surrounding in space and imaginations. To the eyes
and mind, art gives silent quiet conversation through an image,
is a short walk to a distant beauty, in a glance, which shift the
state of mind from stressful unhealthy to a relaxing healthy condition.